Everyone deserves a symphony.
CutTime® cooks ’em up HOT & JUICY!

Powerful symphony concerts take place in highly controlled settings for middle-to-highbrow audiences. But what about everyone else? Where are the casual and introductory classical experiences for the rest of us?

CutTime answers the call with RAW Classical, a lively mix extending the adventures of symphonic music boldly into restaurants, clubs, cafes, homes, churches, schools, even offices. Performances are  spontaneous, passionate, informative, casual, surprising and interactive.

Started by former Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassist Rick Robinson, CutTime’s two flagship ensembles, CutTime Players® and CutTime Simfonica®, reset the symphony for both a fun-loving public and veteran audiences. CutTime fans the secret passion for classical music with familiar hits and radical performances, game-changing metaphors, audience play-in, funky-romantic new music and rotating musicians that make sense of what is for most Americans a challenging, “foreign” and isolated art form. CutTime dares to openly ask, “What good is classical music really, if it can’t also work outside of silence, knowledgeable audiences and artistic settings for everyone else?”

We can serve both our music and a wider American public in new ways. Wordless classical music is a delicious personal fantasy and everyone deserves its magical beauty. It’s time we cut classical music loose!
– Rick Robinson

Robinson has been an innovative force in bringing chamber ensembles into nontraditional venues and classrooms, mixing it up with a variety of creative repertoire and generally proving that classical music belongs not on the fringes of contemporary culture but at the heart of everyday life.
– Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press Music Critic

Robinson is bringing classical music to the masses— which may be one of the most challenging jobs in all of music.
Amy Haimerl, Crain’s Detroit Business

See CutTime swing on WDIV-TV.

From the menu you can…

  • Discover why classical music is long overdue for this makeover.
  • See rich symphonic music made personal by a small band and simple beats.
  • Hear new, tonal compositions that blend familiar urban pop grooves with dramatic development.
  • Support this new, hosted tradition of classical music that centers on the audience.